Our Family

About Us

We are a Midwestern, suburban family of four with a passion for travel, wine and good food. In an effort to get out of the at-home, standard-fare rut and try new things while opening our children to other cultures around the world, we thought it would be fun to start sampling different recipes from around the globe. Every month (or so) we select a new country, region  or state from which to try new recipes and local cuisines. We also blog about our travel experiences, visits to wineries and life as a family of four. In the process, we hope to learn a bit about geography, culture, food, wine, cooking and most of all, each other. Cheers!

Mom– a 30-something most often found in the kitchen, with a glass of wine in hand. It’s the center of everything in our house. I used to think cooking was for Stepford Wives, but I’ve since found it’s my favorite way to relax, share with my family and create memories. I am a sushi and pasta junkie, but love to make a good homemade pie or pastry dough. A restless soul, I have a constant need to travel, write and experience new things. While I love the thrill of visiting new places, a few destinations keep pulling me back into the fold – Italy, Maine, Spain, Colorado and the Finger Lakes, to name a few.

Dad – a little older than Mom, and love to cook too.  Fortunately, we like most of the same things. I especially like to cook in the wok, and anything with red sauce. I like to learn about pairing wine with food, but when in doubt I pair wine with Xtreme Cheddar goldfish crackers. Favorite travel destinations: Bora Bora, New York City, Madrid and Traverse City.

Mr. N – an 11-year old traveler, actor and budding foodie. Mr. N will try any food at least once and loves to travel almost as much as his parents. He’s a road warrior and to see the world through his eyes is truly an experience. His favorite foods are pizza, spicy Asian dishes, fresh bread for dipping, blackberry cobbler and calamari. Mr. N’s favorite travel destinations include Hawaii, the Finger Lakes region, Barcelona, Maine and Colorado.

Miss A – a 7-year old adventurist and harsh food critic. Miss A is a bit more particular when it comes to trying new foods, but she has absolutely no reservations when it comes to anything involving traveling, running, jumping, skipping, flipping, or dancing (Miss A frequently engages in perpetual motion.). Her favorite foods are mozzarella, deviled eggs, sushi and fruit. Miss A likes to vacation to Paris, Barcelona, the Finger Lakes, Colorado and Hawaii.